AUGUST 8—In celebration of Breastfeeding Awareness Month, World Vision Development Foundation, the Department of Health, and Manila Health Department recognized mother-baby friendly facilities, breastfeeding champions, and breastfeeding mothers in the City of the Manila.
Both health and non-health facilities received the MOTHER-BABY FRIENDLY FACILITIES award to recognize their efforts to uphold breastfeeding. This is in line with the mandate of Republic Act 7600 (Rooming-In and Breastfeeding Act of 1992) and Republic Act 10028 (Expanded Breastfeeding Act of 2009) of ensuring the initiation of breastfeeding in the first hour of a child’s life and of providing lactation breaks and spaces for all breastfeeding employees.
Meanwhile, seventeen mothers were also given recognition for their invaluable breastmilk donations during the milk letting activities held in Manila from 2017 until June 2018, while six barangay captains received appreciation for supporting Infant and Young Child Feeding (IYCF)-related activities in their respective communities.
Here’s the complete list of awardees:
BREASTFEEDING MOMS WHO DONATED THE HIGHEST AMOUNT OF BREASTMILK
Ma. Rafaela Lu
Vivian Rose Rivera
Jeralen De Flores
Mary Rose Ann Buid
MOTHER-BABY FRIENDLY NON-HEALTH FACILITIES
Landbank of the Philippines
Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas
MOTHER-BABY FRIENDLY HEALTH FACILITIES
AMOSUP - Seamen's Hospital
Chinese General Hospital and Medical Center
Dr. Jose Fabella Memorial Hospital
Gat Andres Bonifacio Memorial Medical Center
Jose R. Reyes Memorial Medical Center
Justice Jose Abad Santos General Hospital
Manila Doctors Hospital
Mary Chiles General Hospital, Inc.
Mary Johnston Hospital
Medical Center Manila
Metropolitan Medical Center
Ospital ng Maynila Medical Center
Our Lady of Lourdes Hospital, Inc.
Sta. Ana Hospital
Tondo Medical Center
University of Sto. Tomas Hospital
University of the Philippines - Philippine General Hospital
Bryan Molina Mondejar
Rommel Fuerte, Executive Director of World Vision, reminded each awardee to continue being breastfeeding champions with or without recognition and urged each sector to do their part in protecting, promoting, and supporting breastfeeding. “We have already started in the National Capital Region. Imagine if we do this across the country, indeed we can achieve a mother-baby friendly Philippines!”
The Mother-Baby Friendly Philippines awarding ceremony was held at Bulwagang Gat. Antonio Villegas in Manila City Hall.
Meanwhile, mothers and health workers unite for a milk letting activity at Quezon City General Hospital to celebrate Breastfeeding Awareness Month. More than a hundred mothers participated in the event.
Angela Pajares, City Project Officer for Quezon City, also took the opportunity to educate the participating moms about the laws that protect breastfeeding in the Philippines. Pajares also led the turnover of World Vision’s donations to the QC General Hospital, including electric breastpumps, ice packs and cooling storage for the communities’ future milk letting activities, and information, education, and communication (IEC) materials about breastfeeding and its related laws.